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ClearObject makes Smart City Impact Down Under

September 13, 2019

ClearObject teams with IBM to keep the AU $11 billion Metro Tunnel Build on budget and on time

Concept for Melbourne's Metro Tunnel (Source: Victoria State Government)


Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), one of the largest, most complex rail infrastructure developments undertaken to date in Australia, has chosen IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation to simplify the management for the delivery of the Metro Tunnel Project. ClearObject is providing its managed services for the project, which gives RPV officials a collaborative cloud environment in which to manage their IBM tools, subcontractor activities, and construction operations overall.


Largest-ever investment in public transport in Melbourne

The Metro Tunnel Project is the largest-ever investment ($11B) in public transport in Melbourne. Announced in 2015, the Metro Tunnel Project will free up space in the city loop to run more trains to and from the suburbs, by taking the busiest trainlines through new tunnels under the city. That means more trains, more often across Victoria, with a less crowded and more reliable train network. 


The Metro Tunnel project features:


       • Twin 9-kilometer tunnels from the west of the city to the southeast part of a new line.

       • New underground stations at Arden, Parkville, Domain and two new CBD stations directly connected to the City Loop at Flinders Street and         Melbourne Central stations.

       • Train/tram interchange at Domain.

       • High capacity signaling to maximize the efficiency of the new fleet of high-capacity Metro trains.


Wider network enhancements for the project are comprised of a range of works, including infrastructure to facilitate access to sidings, train turn-backs, and signaling headway improvements. The enhancements scope further includes other works to support service frequency across the existing network, as well as changes to the operation of the tram network. Various aspects of these works continue to be refined.


Multiple subcontractors andinfrastructure and systemscomplexity

Given its magnitude, the Metro Tunnel project involves a significant number of subcontractors and “moving pieces” for the project’s multiple phases, which are on track to be completed by 2025. For design and construction, the project’s continuous engineering approach adds even more complexity. From the start, the project therefore required a mix of technologies — which presented both a severe integration challenge and the potential to impact the project’s ongoing progress.


To ensure the smooth integration of infrastructure and systems being built under different contracts, the capability to manage this complex integration was critical. For RPV officials, a bigger concern was being able to mitigate potential risks such as delays, cost blow-outs and disruption.


“As other major infrastructure programs come online around Australia, this continuous engineering approach is becoming the de facto standard.” 

David La Rose, Managing Director

IBM Australia/New Zealand


Secure cloud environment for collaboration and project management

RPV implemented IBM DOORS Next Generation on Cloud, a ClearObject managed service solution. The solution enabled RPV to create a single collaborative cloud environment in which to capture, trace, analyze and manage project requirements in real-time. As importantly, this secure environment lets RPV officials preserve the data privacy and IP of the many individual subcontractor organizations delivering the Metro Tunnel project.


Once completed, the Metro Tunnel will create capacity for more trains, more often across Melbourne, paving the way for the expansion of Melbourne’s rail network. This project will also create space to run more services and a future Airport Rail Link.


Learn more… and try out DOORS Next Generation for yourself

Read more about the Metro Tunnel Project at


To learn more about IBM’s “DOORS Next Generation on Cloud“ managed service offering, visit


And to sign up for a free 45-day trial of DOORS Next Generation, go to



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